• Patricia DiMango is a media personality, retired judge, and appeared on the court show "Hot Bench" as one of three judges.
• Her net worth is estimated at over $1 million, and she reportedly earns $50,000 per episode on television appearances.
• She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and studied at City University of New York, Columbia University Teachers College, and St. John's University School of Law.
• She was appointed Judge of the Criminal Court of New York in 1995 and elected to the Kings County Supreme Court in 2002.
• She is now retired, but continues to appear on television shows as an analyst and resides in New York City.
Who is Patricia DiMango?
Patricia Mafalda DiMango was born in 1953, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is a media personality as well as a retired judge, known for being involved in numerous high-profile criminal cases in New York City. She also gained attention on television, appearing in the court show “Hot Bench” as one of three judges.
The Net Worth of Patricia DiMango
Patricia DiMango’s net worth is estimated at well lover $1 million, as she reportedly earned over $200,000 annually for her work as a judge. She’s also reputedly earns $50,000 per episode for her television appearances.
Early Life and Education
Patricia grew up in Brooklyn, and at a young age aspired to a career in the legal field. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the City University of New York to earn her bachelor’s degree. The university is the largest urban university system in the country and has been operational since 1961 – it now has over 275,000 students in attendance. They have graduated numerous high profile individuals, including Nobel Prize winners.
After graduating, she continued her education studying for a Master’s degree at Columbia University Teachers College, while also working as a teacher.
The school is a part of the prestigious Columbia University and has been operational since 1887, serving as the Department of Education for Columbia. It is also the largest education graduate school in the US, ranked as one of the top graduate schools in the country in terms of educational quality. Some of the notable alumni include John Dewey, Lee Huan, Hamden L. Forkner, Edward Thorndike, and Donna Shalala. After completing her master’s, she continued with a Juris Doctor degree, enrolling at St. John’s University School of Law located in Queens, New York City.
As DiMango was completing her law degree, she worked as a public school teacher in New York City, while also serving as a college professor for several universities in the country. She then served as an attorney, and over the years earned a lot of positive attention for her work in the field. In 1995, she was assigned to become the Judge of the Criminal Court of New York by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, serving in the position for three years, until in 1998 she was appointed as the Acting Justice of the State Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District.
After another four years, she was elected to and became a justice of the Kings County Supreme Court, the highest within most legal jurisdictions around the world, created in the US Constitution to have the capability to check executive power, giving it the ability to revise or veto laws if necessary. She continued to gain attention within numerous legal circles with high profile cases, often involving children and hate crimes. She also handled a lot of murder cases before her retirement.
Learn more about Judge Patricia DiMango in Part 3 of our web-exclusive series "Meet The Judges" https://t.co/LrY947IXcA"
— Patricia DiMango (@patriciadimango) November 22, 2014
Retirement and Life After
One of Patricia’s most high profile cases was regarding African-American Kalief Browder, held in Rikers Island for three years without trial, two of those in solitary confinement, ostensibly because he was unable to post bail. He made 31 court appearances, before Patricia was given the case and dismissed it due to a lack of evidence against Browder. He was, however, insistent on committing a crime and pleaded guilty numerous times, but was sent home.
Two years after his release, he committed suicide, caused apparently by the long-term effects of the abuse he experienced in prison. New York City later settled a lawsuit with his family for $3.3 million.
Patricia gained significant mainstream attention when she became one of the three judges in the television show “Hot Bench”, which was created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, also known as Judge Judy. The show was marketed as a panel-based court show which is a non-traditional way of handling typical court shows.
The series has been running since 2014, and has aired over 1,000 episodes. Other judges in the show include Michael Correrio and Tanya Acker.
While DiMango has kept most of her romantic life away from the media, it was revealed through “The New York Times” that she was once married, apparently in the distant past, but the relationship ended in divorce. Since then, there have been no reports of her having a boyfriend, nor if she has any children.
While retired, she remains very active within New York, appearing at red carpet events, and being invited onto television shows as an analyst. She has also expressed continuing her work as a television judge for the foreseeable future. She resides in New York City.